Mobile Masterpieces: The History of BMW's Art Cars

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1982 BMW 635 CSi by Ernst Fuchs

BMW Art Car # 5 - 1982 635 CSi by Ernst Fuchs

BMW chose to significantly break from tradition with its fifth Art Car. Instead of commissioning an American artist and sending the finished product to the races, the company hired Ernst Fuchs -- an Austrian painter -- to use the production 635 CSi coupe as his canvas.

Instead of drawing inspiration from cars, engineering, or driving, Fuchs wanted his 6 Series to represent people facing their fears. Apparently, Fuchs found the 635’s styling somewhat intimidating, and drew inspiration from the car’s shape itself.

1982 BMW 635 CSi by Ernst Fuchs

“A machine should not be made to look better,” he noted. “It has its own aesthetics.”

Fuchs dubbed the finished work “Fire Fox on a Hare Hunt,” and said it represented a hare running across a motorway at night, and leaping over a burning car - the “primeval fear and bold dream of surmounting a dimension in which we live.”

“[The car] shows me its colors, I read them in its lines, in its contours,” Fuchs said. “I hear its voice calling out emphatically and see that beautiful hare leaping through the flames of love, averting all fears.”

soupedupmoe
Interesting tradition from BNW. my favorite is the 92 3-series(#13), but the old flame motif in the 82 (#3) is nicely done too. The design in #15 must have been thought up the night before. interesting article.
gep10
Very well written and researched article!!
carmom
Great article!! I never thought of cars as art but this discussion helped me to appreciate what these artists did. Very cool!

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